Blog Reactions

Doctor Who - The Eleventh HourThe Eleventh Hour was one of the most anticipated episodes of Doctor Who to date – and a quick eyeball around some of the more interesting blogs on the web reveals that it was generally well received.

SFX typically award 5 stars (they do seem to love nuWho) admiring both of the new leads, the TARDIS and the reference to an overall arc (“the Pandorica will open..”) and describe The Eleventh Hour as:

An episode ablaze with confidence, subtly shifting from the cinematic verve of the Russell T Davies era to a quirky new flavour. There’s certainly a pinch of The Avengers in its landscape of an impossible England…

MultiversityComics is a site we’ve never features before – nevertheless, its probably a blog to watch out for if its comprehensive review of The Eleventh Hour is anything to go by

Smith brings a fresh energy to the show, and as much as part of me feels that this might be an “appeal to the younger audience move,” it doesn’t feel like any sort of slight towards the fans which a lot of people were afraid of.

Anglotopia is a blog for fans of British Stuff; their conclusion was that The Eleventh Hour was a job well done.

Matt Smith, Stephen Moffat and Karen Gillan all lived up to the hype. Let’s hope they can sustain it and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

Another blog we’ve never linked to before is the wonderfully-named ShadowLocked. Not overly impressed with the new opening titles or theme tune, or the pacing of the Doctor eating out at Amelia’s, they do concede that

Matt Smith’s debut performance blows any doubts out of the water.

It’s early days still, but Smith’s Doctor looks like a welcome return to the genuinely benevolent, brainy alien that made Tom Baker’s and Patrick Troughton’s Doctors so successful

…before going on to praise the rest of the new episode.

The legend that is Neil Gaiman enjoyed The Eleventh Hour in the company of his 15 year old daughter and some of her gentleman callers. By all accounts, there was every opportunity for things to go wrong – but apparently the young men were interested in seeing more of this “new” show afterwards. You should read Gaiman’s blog for the full story – in fact you should add it to your favourites.

Finally, Digital Spy ran a poll last weekend to find the popular reaction of its regulars to The Eleventh Hour. Lest we forget, 7 days ago a lot of people were very nervous that the new era of Doctor Who might misfire. Of course we all know now that it didn’t, but it is worth bearing in mind the success the episode has enjoyed could well increase as the series goes on – these results might be slightly inflated.

60.7% of voters ranking the episode ‘excellent’. A further 24.2% declared it to be ‘good’.
Readers have given ‘The Eleventh Hour’ an overall score of 8.7 out of 10.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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